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Poll: What time do you normally finish your working day? (your local time)
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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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At about 3:30 Aug 6, 2010

When the school bus gets home!

Although sometimes I'll carry on in the evening, but I try to avoid it!


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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
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7ish Aug 6, 2010

But late finishes don't necessarily equate to overworking, as many of us in Mediterranean climes will down tools for a couple of hours after lunch.

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Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
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And since I start before most people are awake Aug 6, 2010

I'm finished before most people...

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Erik Matson  Identity Verified
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Nocturnal freelancer Aug 6, 2010

Gillian Searl wrote:
And since I start before most people are awake

I'm finished before most people...


And since I start after most people have gone to sleep, I too am finished before most people...

...that is, before most people finish work, start work, or wake up for that matter!

Standard working hours:

Start: 10 pm - Midnite (try to start earlier, but most night don't get really going til Midnite.

Finish: 8 am - Noon


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Carla Catolino
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I am starting to think.... Aug 6, 2010

Gillian Searl wrote:

I'm finished before most people...


that this is a good idea and I have been waking up really early so that I get about 6/7 hours of work in before noon!


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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
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None of the above Aug 6, 2010

The question itself is a nice illustration how often people with "normal" circadian habits happily assume that everyone is roughly the same, give or take a couple of hours. While this is obviously untrue, I have an impression that it's *especially* untrue among translators and other freelancers. My own biological clock is set to have a peak of productivity around 8 pm, and 2-3 am seems to be the right time to finish and go to bed. Roughly every other translator I personally know is also a night owl.

[Edited at 2010-08-06 10:44 GMT]


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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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After 7 pm Aug 6, 2010

Because I have to fit in full time working hours around my daughter's busy school and after-school activity timetable, which means I do not generally do much work between 3:00 and 9:00, and find it impossible to concentrate solidly for the six hours that she is at school without taking a break for lunch, dog walking, house chores, etc.

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Sanna van Leeuwen  Identity Verified
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I see that I'm in the minority... Aug 6, 2010

but well, I have children and I don't want them to have too long days in the kindergarten.

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Valeria Lagos Gordon Downie
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for that same reason... Aug 6, 2010

.... I start around 5 and finish around 2pm. So I can spend the afternoon with my kids, at least until they get into the horrendous Spanish school system.

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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
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When I have plenty of work Aug 6, 2010

It is not uncommon for me to work all day while my daughter is at school, then take some time off when she gets home at 4pm until after dinner, then get back into the office and work until I can't think (sometimes as late as 2am).

Also, during the summer, I will get up early and work until 2 or 3pm, then take the rest of the afternoon off to go for a walk/cycling/skating with her, and, again, get back to work after dinner.

Of course, when I have less work, I work less.


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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
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It varies Aug 6, 2010

It really varies greatly. Sometimes I might be done before 5pm, especially if I go out for the evening and am therefore "unable" to spend the evening in front of the computer. But if I have work to do, I may work well into the evening. Urgent jobs have sometimes kept me up until 3am and later, but that wouldn't be a typical time for me to call it a day!

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Kathryn Litherland  Identity Verified
United States
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evening "dribbles" Aug 6, 2010

It seems like I almost always have someone who needs to be somewhere (two teenage kids) around 4 pm or otherwise need my attention in the afternoon, so I usually finish up my major stretch of work by that time. I'll often come back and finish things up if I need to between 8 pm and 10 pm, though.

On occasion I've found myself attempting to do a U.S. standard 8-5 workday, and it seems incredibly long and hard to stay focused. In the U.S., at-home workers are often advised to keep a strict division between "work time" and "family time", but I find that I'm much more productive if I break up the day into a few hours of work, then a few hours of personal/family time, then a few more hours of work.


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Olga Pryadko  Identity Verified
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One more owl Aug 6, 2010

Sometimes I try to work in the daytime, but the most convenient hours for me - from 10-11pm to 5-6am, when my children are asleep. Now they are both at home, the senior son will go to school soon, and I hope that I'll have some time to work during the day.

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Anita du Plessis  Identity Verified
South Africa
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Scattered hours until 10pm Aug 6, 2010

I am also inclined to put in a few hours in the morning, but ususually does not start before 9am. (Before that time the brain is still a bit foggy) I continue until 11am, and then it is time for preparing lunch for my husband.

I like to have an early lunch and then take a nice 30 minutes nap afterwards. From 3-5pm usually at the desk again, but if it is a nice day, I like to take a walk from 4-5.

Early evenings it is time for the news and a popular soapie, and normally I do my best work between 8-10 at night. If I really must finish something urgently, I work through the night. But then afterwards, I usually take time off for a day or two.



[Edited at 2010-08-06 20:09 GMT]


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